Göteborg Landvetter Airport
|Göteborg Landvetter Airport|
|Elevation AMSL||154 m / 506 ft|
Göteborg Landvetter Airport (IATA: GOT, ICAO: ESGG) is an international airport serving the Gothenburg region in Sweden. With 6.4 million passengers in 2016 it is Sweden's second-largest airport after Stockholm-Arlanda. Landvetter is also an important freight airport. During 2007, 60,100 tonnes of air cargo passed through Landvetter, about 60% of the capacity of Arlanda.
The airport is named after the town of Landvetter, which is located in the municipality of Härryda. It is 11 NM (20 km; 13 mi) east-southeast of Gothenburg and 40 km (25 mi) west of Borås. It is operated by Swedavia, the national airport company. Since the closure of Göteborg City Airport for commercial operations it is the city's only commercial passenger airport.
The airport was opened in 1977. Passenger services, previously at Torslanda Airport, north of Gothenburg, were moved to Landvetter in 1977. In 2001, some budget airlines began serving the former military base in Säve, which was renamed from Säve Flygplats to Gothenburg City Airport. That airport was closed down in winter 2014–2015 because of large reconstruction needs, meaning an increase of traffic on Landvetter of almost a million annual passengers. There has been a tendency that international travel has increased, especially on tourists, while domestic has declined somewhat (mostly business travel).
In 2013 the international terminal was extended fairly much with new shops, and in 2014 the domestic and international terminal were joined into one terminal.
On 14 April 2015 Swedavia announced a 10-year long contract with DHL Express to build a new 7500 m2 large cargo terminal, replacing the old 1700m2. The construction will begin in spring 2015 and is underway for one year. This was a step included in plans for Airport City. In 2018-2020 the terminal building will be enlarged, with three new air bridges. There are also plans to build a shortcut on the railway Gothenburg–Borås with a tunnel and a railway station under the airport. Construction start is planned to be 2020 and operation estimated by 2023.
Landvetter Airport has traditionally had two terminals, domestic and international, but they have merged into one common terminal. In 2009 all baggage drop was moved to in the international terminal, since all baggage had to be screened with new regulations. In 2014 the two terminals joined into one with all baggage collected at the arrivals hall in the previous international terminal. The transfer area, which has several shops, cafés and a restaurant, is accessible for all passengers since that year.
There are eight air bridges, at gates 12–17, 19, and 20. Gates 10–11, 18A–18G and 21A–21D transport passengers to the aircraft via an airside bus transfer. The eight air bridges are not enough, so airside bus transfer is regularly used. Traditionally gates 10–15, which are accessed without clearing immigration, used to be limited to intra-Nordic flights but nowadays cater to all flights within the Schengen Area, which are treated as domestic flights. Gates 21A–21D are located in the international transit area, used for flights outside the Schengen Area, and access is only possible after clearing immigration. Gate 19 and 20 are positionable so that, depending on upcoming flights, reaching them may or may not require clearing immigration. The freight terminal uses gate numbers below 10.
Like in other large airports, there is a VIP area, where anyone who want to pay can go through a dedicated security check, and wait in the VIP lounge and be transported by car to the airplane, avoiding mix with ordinary people. The VIP area can also hold wedding ceremonies.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Gothenburg:
|Amapola Flyg||Stockholm-Arlanda, Jönköping, Sundsvall|
|ASL Airlines Belgium||Oslo-Gardermoen, Liège, Turku, Tallinn|
|DHL Aviation||Copenhagen, Leipzig/Halle|
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled|| % change
|1||United Kingdom, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, London-Stansted||698,142||13.0|
|10||Spain, Gran Canaria||148,561||12.3|
|11||Spain, Palma de Mallorca||140,849||31.2|
|12||France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle||126,002||19.4|
|20||Poland, Warsaw-Chopin, Warsaw-Modolin||72,775||69.3|
|24||Italy, Rome-Ciampino, Rome-Fiumicino||59,345||9.7|
|29||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla||42,991||0.2|
|39||Czech Republic, Prague||16,510||127.1|
Flygbussarna and Swebus takes passengers to the city of Gothenburg in 20 minutes, and in 30 minutes to Gothenburg Central station. Swebus (Bus 830) takes passengers to Borås central station in 35–40 minutes and to Jönköping central station in 1h 50m.
The road distance to Gothenburg is 25 kilometres (16 mi) and to Borås 40 kilometres (25 mi), both via the Riksväg 40 motorway. To go northeast to Alingsås and beyond, the official route is via Partille. Most locals use a 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) shorter shortcut between Härryda and Lerum signposted "Härskogen". There are 7,300 parking spaces at the airport.
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- After the Security Control
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